Is Chris Christie too fat to be President?

New Jersey Chris Christie (AP Photo)

Chris Christie jokeS that his weight once hit 550 pounds.  He won’t say how much he weighs right now but the rotund New Jersey Governor is the fattest Presidential contender in many years and is drawing comparisons to William Howard Taft, who tipped the scales at 340 pounds when he won the Presidency in 1908.

After courting Christie to run for President, GOP insiders now worry that he is too fat to be a serious Presidential candidate.

Some worry that a President who isn’t fit can’t hold up to the pressures of the Oval Office. Others dismiss a fat candidate as a bad role model.

But consider this:  With more than a third of the nation’s population now listed as “official obese,” Christie may be a true man of the people.


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12 Responses

  1. This is the first comment from you that I found offensive. Being too fat is like being too black, or too gay or too bigoted to see American values.

  2. Christie is too fat! I don’t believe that an individual who has lost control of their own body is fit to lead others in any capacity. Christie is so fat that he’d be an awful example to children on how to live their lives in a more healthy way. He is not a man, in my opinion, who is a champion of self-discipline that’s for certain.

  3. Can you prove to me that Christie’s overweight problem is a lack of self-discipline? These quick and nasy comments are easy to write. I have years of Hospice work and not all obese people are pigs. Go find another disciplined George W. Bush.

    This one shot response is exactly what CHB has become.

  4. I guess when you give it more thought here in the states obesity has become commonplace, that is to say it’s become the norm. It’s a shame we Americans care little about our health. Is it no wonder our health care costs have risen so greatly. I think it was Denis Leary who said it best “if you can’t see your own d!ck when you look down to pee, it’s time to put down the fork”.

  5. Bill Cravener wrote:

    >>He is not a man, in my opinion, who is a champion of self-discipline that’s for certain.<<

    Absolutely. For an example we should all look back to that athletic paragon of self-discipline, John F. Kennedy.

  6. A writer from the N.Y. Times told his story about getting his weight down in collete. He vomitted after every meal and lived on laxitives. Is that the kind of disclipline you think Christie needs?

    CHB is the model for shallow people. Go have dinner and throw it up and see what happens to your teeth. While you’re at it try growing up too.

  7. It doesn’t matter if he’s too fat, he’s said repeatedly he is not running. Over and over and over, every time he’s been asked. He’s not running. Get over it. The only time he didn’t say no outright is when he pointed to an online video that showed all the times he said no.

  8. I think it does matter Kishin. It matters because it confirms the lack of substance that has become part of the American voters. It is the same attitude that made fun of Perot’s ears and his charts.

    Americans want a screen version of a President. Even the serious political voters sound more like “The Comedy Store” than anyone who gives a damn about every aspect of the White House.

    The internet is not the place for serious political discussions. It is a shame that many of us have to go back to the one on one town hall meetings. Access to the internet should have been a shortcut into knowing our candidates. Jon Stewart is quoted far more often than CSPAN. The only thing missing on these forums is a laugh track and I feel certain that will be next.

    1. “The internet is not the place for serious political discussions.”

      What makes political discussion irrelevant on the internet is the anonymous nature of the beast. You may not like my opinions but you know to whom they come from.

      1. So what’s in a name Bill? Cravener, Smith, Jones, et al…

        Put another way, which guy I pass on the street will be you… so I “know to whom they [your opinions] come from”… or is that “from whom they come?”

        The real question is, “does perceiving your apparent name on my LCD display make your opinion more valid, reliable, or worthy?”

        I think not, but if so, why?

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